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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Oct 23, 2011 9:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dave's Picks: The next series of commercial releases

I'm disappointed with the first pick. Idk the show that well or anything but I'm sick of always seeing spring 77 everywhere. How about something amazing from early 73? I only know of one release from then.

And idk about the whole limited edition shit. Its neat but at the same time they're taking down shows here so a mere 12,000 can have the quality hard copy. I know about loop holes but I still feel its a bit silly.

May I also comment on the incredibly lame clothes they continue to make. The new columbia jacket is sweet but expensive. Everything else is blah. How about some T's with the euro 72 art?

This post was modified by wisconsindead on 2011-10-24 04:22:24

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Oct 24, 2011 6:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dave's Picks: The next series of commercial releases

"Its neat but at the same time they're taking down shows here so a mere 12,000 can have the quality hard copy."

Honestly why should they care what is available here? They will point to the other 1000 plus shows people can listen to and in the case of the auds, download for free. I don't think this place should have any effect on the decision-making process. As I mentioned somewhere else in this thread, i do find the limited release aspect to be a bit curious. It seems like they are always trying to create demand for their products via bonus discs, personalized boxes, free shipping and now limited releases. It seems surprising that there isn't already demand, no?

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Oct 25, 2011 7:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dave's Picks: The next series of commercial releases

"It seems surprising that there isn't already demand, no? "

I'm not sure about the demand. It's highly unlikely the the band is attracting newer, younger fans in the same numbers as when they were a full time touring outfit. As for the older fans, we all know how it goes: music tends to slide a few notches down he priority scale as we get older. There's still a certain segment of the fan base who will shell out for each and every new offering, but I suspect its shrinking every year, so they're trying to lure more folks in with the bonus discs, limited releases, etc.

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Oct 24, 2011 6:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dave's Picks: The next series of commercial releases

You bring up valid points. I still am greedy and want all shows available for stream, at the tip of my fingers.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Oct 24, 2011 6:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dave's Picks: The next series of commercial releases

I don't think that is greedy at all, i think its pretty normal. This place is so damn convenient. I just think it is also too easy to forget that it is privilege not a right to have the level of access to Grateful Dead music that is we currently enjoy and we shouldn't get too upset about the 1-2% that isn't available for free but is still available.

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Poster: cvenez Date: Oct 28, 2011 11:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dave's Picks: The next series of commercial releases

I may be in the minority here, but as someone who very rarely buys actual CD's anymore, I find it very annoying that they are not realeasing any of these new series/shows in a downloadable format. I have yet to buy anything from the Road Trips series, the Europe discs, etc. because I don't see the point in spending the money on something that's going to be relegated to a box in my basement after I download the songs to my computer/mp3 player. I would love to see them resurrect the Download series, or at least make the new stuff available in both CD and downloadable formats.

My intent here is not to complain, but it just seems odd that a band that was light years ahead of the rest of the music world in terms of making their stuff readily available is taking a step backward here. I would think there are others out there who feel the same. Or maybe it's just me...

In the meantime, if they don't make of the newer music available for download, I already know which releases I'll eventually break down and buy!

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Oct 28, 2011 11:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dave's Picks: The next series of commercial releases

You are definitely not in the minority. I have mentioned here before that i once talked to someone who raises money in for cancer research within the music industry and they indicated that the profit margin on downloadable music was actually much worse than CDs so in a niche market like Grateful Dead concert releases, they may simply not make enough money via downloads. Remember Rhino paid the band upfront for the access to release, so the boys have been paid. That may explain why they have no issues with using livedownloads.com for Further shows, but all the GD releases are CDs.

I do believe it is a niche market and that is why they are doing things like subscription series and limited editions to create demand. If you could sell 100,000 copies of something, why limit it to 12,500?